I know that maybe the last thing you want to hear right now is the C word. However, conference projects are an important and beloved part of our academics here at SLC. One of Vanguard’s most popular events, Conference @ Speed, returned with full force on November 16. About ten students came together to talk to one another about their conference projects that they have been working on for the past two months while listening to others. Former Vanguard editor Robert Winslow ’12 also was in attendance.
Students provided chamber music and homemade bread( an obvious reason to come in the first place) to accompany the event.
The event began with “Serenade for String Trio“ by Dohnanyi. Co-editor Sebastien Kelso opened the floor with some opening remarks.
“The reason we are here [is] because half of the work we do is conference work. It is incredibly meaningful work, but it can also be isolating. You can go for four years at SLC without knowing what anyone else is working on,” he said.
Publication editor/curator Terry Tuttle ’15, explained her conference work to me one-on-one while others were democratically were organized in groups of two, three, or four.
“[I’m doing] a visual novel that is like a video game,” she said. “It was originally developed as an Asian genre. You don’t see them in the United States very much.”
I asked her how the process was to creating her visual novel.
“You start with a generic background that says where you’re standing, then in front of that you have character sprites which are basically people that change expression. At the bottom of the screen, there’s a box and the box scrolls through narration and then also dialogue between the characters and the character sprites on the screen. Unlike a video game there is no moving around or interacting with objects. All you do is you click to continue through the story and you get to make choices.”
Nearby, Kurt Santana ’15 shared his conference work in his first-year studies class with Bill Shullenberger with Co-editor Harrison Holmes ’15. During the in-depth discussion, Santana talked about his progression of the idea of two lovers to a conference paper on the role of religion being personified in such literary classics such as Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Homer’s The Odyssey.
“I wanted to take Damon in anthology and I wanted to see how the word changed ... to modern fiction,” Santana said. “[Bill and I have] talked about how important the gods are [and] how they change their actions ...”
Musicians performed Beethoven’s “Opus 95 no. 2,” an exhilarating string quartet, ending an evening of music and conversation in perfect harmony.
Vanguard plans to have two more Conference @ Speed events next semester. Keep an eye out for the next date, you never know you may want to share your conference work.